“Nuns on the Bus” organizer Sister Simone Campbell will be the keynote speaker for Fairfield University’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of undergraduate women graduating from Fairfield and the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Program, now called Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
The public is invited to her free lecture, “The View from the Bus: Opportunities for Making Mischief,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Sister Campbell is an attorney, religious leader and renowned advocate for systematic change. She is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, which educates, lobbies and organizes for economic and social transformation. In Washington, Sister Campbell lobbies for issues of peace-building, immigration reform and healthcare and economic justice.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, Sister Campbell wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign, a sign seen by many as critical to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose a budget she felt would decimate programs to help people in need. She recently completed another cross-country Nuns on the Bus tour in 2013 focused on immigration reform.
Sister Campbell has been a keynote or featured speaker in many national events, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” among other media stints.